Why choose to cloth bum your child.
With 8 million disposable nappies used in Britain every day, 3 billion a year weighing 690,000 tonnes. Why not switch to cloth? Reusable nappies are more awesome than you might think and it’s never too late to switch. They are easy to use, better for your babies health, containing no gels or chemicals you find in disposables, cost effective, and just plain awesome for your baby to wear. By choosing reusable nappies you can cut your household waste in half. A baby in disposables will use about 4,000 nappies that may sit in a landfill site for 500 plus years.
Switching to cloth is easy. Find out if you have a local cloth nappy library. Trial a few nappies to see what will work best for you and your baby. Your local council may also run nappy voucher or incentive schemes to help you to switch to cloth. Reusable nappies can save you a lot of money. There are initial costs involved, however in the long run it will save you a lot of money (providing you do not become an addict!). Reusable nappies can also be used for consecutive babies and sold on after you are finished with them.
Reusable Nappy check list
Fleece liners one for each nappy. You do not necessarily have to use a liner. However I would as it helps to keep babies bum dry, prevents stains and easier to clean poo! If using disposable liners I would recommend NOT to flush any disposable liners down the toilet, even if they say ‘flushable’. This is because they cause problems further down our sewage system. Only toilet paper and poo should be flushed, even if your own toilet can handle the ‘flushable liners’ they still cause problems down the line.
Nappy bucket or wet bag. You need to store the dirty nappies in a bucket or a wet bag before wash day. You do not need to soak or boil the nappies just keep then in your bucket or wet bag and transfer them to the washing machine. You will need a mesh bag if you are using a nappy bucket. You do not need to touch the nappies again until they are clean. Just pop the mesh bag or wet bag in your washing machine and let the machine work its magic.
Please DO NOT use fabric conditioner on nappies or cloth sanitary pads as it will affect their absorbency. If you have added conditioner by mistake you will need to rinse the conditioner out and they should be ok still.
If the nappies are heavily soiled it’s advisable to cold rinse the nappies in your washing machine prior to the main wash. If you live in a soft water area use half the recommended amount of commercial detergent. If you live in a very hard water area like me you may need to use more than half of the recommended detergent.
If your baby is exclusively breastfed you can throw soiled nappies into your washing machine without removing any poo. If you are formula feeding or your child is on solids you will need to remove most of the poo before machine washing.
Wash between 30 – 60ₒC Washing at 60ₒC can reduce the life span of the nappies. Washing at 60ₒC once a month or after your baby has been unwell is recommend rather than at every wash.
Line dry or place on a clothes horse. Do not place any nappies with PUL (the water proof layer) directly on a radiator. The suns UV rays will naturally remove any stains, even in the winter. Place on your washing line or even by your window.
You will need around 10-25 nappies for full time use.
You also will need a wet and dry bag for out and about.
Choosing a cloth nappy
For day time use you can choose any nappy that suits your child’s body and your needs. You can try a few different nappies at your local cloth nappy library or buy a few different brands pre loved, to see what suits your baby best.
Fitting a cloth nappy
Cloth nappies are fitted onto your child a little differently than a disposable nappy. Here is a good video to show you how to fit a cloth nappy. This can prevent leakage issues. However, I would recommend not to have any fleece liners sticking out of the nappy…
Please contact me any time if you need any further help.